The NZ Transport Agency advises drivers of additional road closures in the North and South Islands and urges people to delay trips until the severe weather has passed. High winds mean that drivers of high-sided vehicles, towing caravans or driving campervans should stay put, well out of the wind.
The NZ Transport Agency is warning drivers around Timaru, Omarama, Kurow and Waimate to be aware that there is a charity bike ride between these towns from Thursday this week through to Saturday. As well as this three day fundraiser, there is a cycle race through the Rakaia Gorge on Saturday.
The NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that State Highway 6 from Westport to Rapahoe (north of Greymouth) has been closed due to flooding and strong winds. The road is expected to remain closed overnight, with a further assessment to be made tomorrow morning.
An accelerated work programme is about to start at the new Kawarau Falls Bridge in Frankton, Queenstown, to get both lanes of the new State Highway 6 bridge open in May. Currently just one lane of the bridge is open to traffic.
*STOP PRESS, 3.30 pm update : Highway estimated to reopen at 4.30 pm today.
Kaikoura’s State Highway 1 south of the town, Peketa to Goose Bay, closed around 9 am today after a hiab (truck with a lift/crane attached to the deck) hit the left corner of the Parititahi Tunnel portal, damaging the entrance.
NZ Transport Agency staff and contractors have confirmed that the scale of the work needed to reinstate the footpath and seawall on Nelson’s Rocks Road is not as extensive as originally thought after the 1 February storm and king tides.
The NZ Transport Agency advises there will be speed and lane reductions on the new gateway bridge for about 8 weeks from Monday 19 February. Lane reductions will only occur over the weekend and SH1 will remain open.